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AAdvantage eShopping Triple Miles

The triple mile promotion is just the beginning of the story.  Read on for ways to maximize points and savings… This week, the AAdvantage eShopping portal is offering triple miles for a few merchants:  LivingSocial 9X (was 3X) JC Penney 12X (was 4X) Charles Tyrwhitt 12X (was 4X) And a couple of double mile deals: Nordstrom 8X (was 4X) Bose 6X (was 3X) How to maximize points and savings Here’s a 5 part guide to…

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The JCP Double Dip

JC Penney gift cards are readily available through gift card resellers for 25% off (or more).  This is a nice, easy way to get an automatic 25% savings on all JCP purchases.  If you’re willing to order online, though, you can do even better.  Currently, the Chase Freedom card offers an extra 10 points per dollar for JCP purchases when you start your shopping within the Ultimate Rewards Mall (just until then end of July). …

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Is the Home Depot double dip alive?

Yesterday I declared that I was pulling the plug on the Home Depot double dip experiment.  In that post I wrote that a few people who tried buying Home Depot gift cards through the Ultimate Rewards Mall failed to get any points.  Worse, when they used the gift cards through the Ultimate Rewards Mall they didn’t get any points that way either. Interestingly, several people wrote in the comments that they did get points for…

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Sunday News

For those eagerly awaiting news about the latest Staples free after rebate items, here’s an update: The good news is that Staples has a new Free After Rebate item for which you are allowed 10 rebates. Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus is on sale for $35 with a $35 easy rebate, so this will mean $350 worth of credit card spend and as much as 3150 free points! The problem right now is that the Staples…

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Gift cards: buy low, sell high, get cash back

Updated 5/7/2013 with new cash back rates In a previous post, I showed that it was possible to increase credit card spend (and thus earn points and miles) by buying and selling discounted merchant gift cards. See “Churning merchant gift cards” for more information. If you’re interested in doing this, it’s helpful to have a “cheat sheet” showing where to go for the best deals. When looking to do gift card arbitration (buy low, sell…

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Churning merchant gift cards

Buying and selling discount gift cards is a good option if you are looking to increase credit card spending in order to qualify for sign-up bonuses, gain bonus miles or elite status from high spend, or simply to earn credit card rewards (cash back, miles, points, etc.).  In the post “Top 20 best value gift cards” I showed that it is sometimes possible to buy gift cards for the same price or less than you…

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Meeting minimum spend on an Amex business card

A reader contacted me yesterday asking about the best way to meet minimum spend on her American Express business card.  She has $1000 left to spend and wants to buy Walmart gift cards.  Of course she could simply go to Walmart to buy them, but she’d like to save money and/or earn points too.  So, what is the best option?  Here’s the best approach I can think of: Step 1: Look for discounted Walmart cards…

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Top 20 Best Value Gift Cards

A new option for meeting minimum credit card spend!  On Friday, I reported that one can save money almost anywhere by buying discounted gift cards prior to making purchases.  In that post I mentioned that the folks at GiftCardGranny.com had supplied me data for a future post.  Well, this is that post… I asked GiftCardGranny.com to use their database to find the gift cards that retain their value the best.  These are the cards with…

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Save money almost anywhere

I’ve received a number of reader emails recently that go something like this: I am about to spend a lot of money at [merchant name goes here], can you tell me the best way to save money / double dip / earn miles? I’m always happy to do my best to answer these questions as best I can, but let me now give a general answer that should work in most circumstances:  Buy gift cards…

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